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Facebook Home pre-release leaks


[Edit: The release version of Facebook Home can now be found in this topic.]

A pre-release version of Facebook Home has leaked ahead of the planned 12th April Play Store release date (also the release date for the HTC First 'Facebook phone').

The build itself (pulled from a pre-release HTC First ROM) seems to be rather buggy and incomplete (I can't get 'Chat Heads' working for example), but it's interesting to have a play with to see what Facebook has in store for us later this week.

In order to use the leak, you need an Android device with a maximum resolution of 1280x768 and the ability to completely uninstall your existing Facebook app. This is important, as the leaked APKs are re-signed and can't just be installed over the top of an existing installation. This will automatically exclude some devices which have Facebook installed in the base ROM. If you're on a Nexus device you're good! Even if you do have Facebook in ROM, provided you are rooted there are workarounds - i'll detail these in the comments. If you have any problems installing post below and i'll help if I can.

The leak itself is 3 APKs - the main 'katana' Facebook app: DOWNLOAD (ROMraid), the now-integrated-with-your-SMS 'orca' Messenger app: DOWNLOAD (ROMraid) (orca) and the 'home' Launcher shell app: DOWNLOAD (ROMraid). Simply install all 3 and you're set - bear in mind you do so at your own risk!

In the settings you can find some interesting options such as whether to hide the notification bar by default or not (if it is hidden, sweeping down from the top of the screen reveals it). Let us know your thoughts! :)

[Edit: It's just been pointed out to me that the original leak was signed with test keys, which could present a security risk. With that in mind i've re-signed the APKs with my own private key for peace of mind and updated the download links.]



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Facebook keeps coming up with login error & Home won't load when installed, but the new Messanger works fine on my Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini.

Will the New Facebook & Home be available outside the US or only for US Members as the Facebook Help says US only?
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For everyone...

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@PaulOBrien Thanks. The Help documentation in the leaked Katana (Facebook app) is miss leading.

It seams strange that Facebook have swithched the new Facebook app off but left the Messanger app active.
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Will the Facebook Home app be available on the SIII Mini or the SIII only?
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paul does the app work for you atm?
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Has anyone got the released facebook home, it's currently absent from the Play Store here in the UK?
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Sorry to disappoint everyone but facebook home will only officially be available in the US at launch http://www.androidce...-home-questions so UK users will have to get hold of the .apk and side load it onto our phones (might make it available on more phones than the Play Store route.
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I've posted a patched version with device check removed here - http://www.modaco.co...home-download/.

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glossywhite
Apr 19 2013 01:31 AM
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Eh?

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The Soup Thief
Apr 19 2013 08:09 AM
That ad glossywhite posted: the Facebook marketing wonks must be a v clever bunch. Seem to be saying that with Home, your world will become a poorly lit, slow-mo place filled with moon-faced giggling ninnies with postural difficulties. And these evil geniuses have conditioned punters to think this is a good thing?
/grumpyoldgeekmode
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glossywhite
Apr 23 2013 11:12 PM

That ad glossywhite posted: the Facebook marketing wonks must be a v clever bunch. Seem to be saying that with Home, your world will become a poorly lit, slow-mo place filled with moon-faced giggling ninnies with postural difficulties. And these evil geniuses have conditioned punters to think this is a good thing?
/grumpyoldgeekmode


There's no way this junk is taking over my 'phone. My minimal FB usage can wait until I get to my Desktop - NOTHING is that important, LEAST of all, facebook guff.
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Got it on my HTC Sensation. Its rooted and HTC Dev unlocked. Its on 4.0.3. I downloaded it a couple of days ago from the XDA site but it wouldnt load. Kept saying an app with the same signature needed to be installed so I removed them all and tried again. Still nothing so I tried again and Hey Presto, it works .. .. .. dont like it tho :), but its good to try.
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